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Aspects of Regency Buildings

Of Riding Houses

Though this specialty form of luxury equine architecture was falling out of fashion in England by the turn of the nineteenth century, there were still several in place across Britain. In addition, the Prince of Wales had commissioned more than … Continue reading

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Jib-Doors Through the Regency

Though you may not know the term, many of you may have seen a jib-door in a historic house, even if you did not know its proper name. You may have also seen a jib-door without even knowing it was … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   Murals in the Painted Chamber Revealed

The Painted Chamber was part of the complex of the Palace of Westminster in London. Though the chamber itself had been known for centuries, until the turn of the nineteenth century, the fact that the walls were covered with a … Continue reading

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The Evolution of the Clerk of Works

The Clerk of Works was an important position on most construction sites in Regency England, just as it had begun to be in the Middle Ages. But like so many things in this transitional decade at the beginning of the … Continue reading

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Regency Bicentennial:   The First Builder’s Merchant

Prior to 1815, builders in England could not go down to the local builder’s supply house to order the materials they would need for their next project. Each builder, and/or the client who had commissioned the building, would have to … Continue reading

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Cube and Double Cube Rooms:   Harmonics and Agreeables

How many of us would notice the proportions of any room we might walk into today? Even if the room shouted out its dimensions as we crossed the threshold? If it did, would we care? Yet, many people in the … Continue reading

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Lithodipyra:   The Stone of Mrs. Coade

Though the products of Mrs. Coade’s manufactory could be made to look like stone, they were, in fact, not stone at all. In addition to being made to look like granite or limestone, they could also be made to look … Continue reading

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